Forbes - America's Top Colleges 2014

In 2008, Forbes.com began publishing an annual list, prepared by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity of "America's Best Colleges". The Forbes rankings use student evaluations fromRateMyProfessors.com, self-reported salaries of alumni from PayScale, four-year graduation rates, numbers of students and faculty receiving "nationally competitive awards," and four-year accumulated student debt to calculate the rankings. The list emphasizes tuition costs, which boosts the ratings of the zero-cost United States Service academies. It disregards public reputation, which causes some colleges to score lower than in other lists. Most recent ranking puts Williams at the top, followed by Stanford, Swarthmore, Princeton, and MIT.

Ranking Institution Countrysort descending Previous ranking Acceptance rate
61
Wake Forest University
United States Minor Outlying Islands
34%
11
Haverford College
United States
23.5%
27
United States Naval Academy
United States
43
Oberlin College
United States
31.3%
59
Carnegie Mellon University
United States
16.7%
75
Wheaton College
United States
65%
91
DePauw University
United States
61.5%
107
Indiana University, Bloomington
United States
74.4%
123
University of Redlands
United States
67%
139
University of Denver
United States
68%
155
Ohio State University, Columbus
United States
55.5%
171
Hampden-Sydney College
United States
55%
187
University of Portland
United States
64%
12
University of Pennsylvania
United States
10%
28
Georgetown University
United States
17.1%
44
University of California, Los Angeles
United States
18.2%
60
Bates College
United States
24%
76
University of Texas, Austin
United States
40.2%
92
Earlham College
United States
68%
108
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
United States
44.4%
124
College of the Atlantic
United States
64%
140
University of Vermont
United States
77.0%
156
Creighton University
United States
77%
172
Hope College
United States
82%
188
James Madison University
United States
60.5%
13
Brown University
United States
8.6%
29
Wellesley College
United States
29%
45
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
United States
32.2%
77
Lehigh University
United States
31%
93
Rhodes College
United States
109
Saint Olaf College
United States
53%
125
Bennington College
United States
72%
141
University of Utah
United States
82.6%
157
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
United States
31.3%
173
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
United States
57%
189
Saint Anselm College
United States
74%
14
Bowdoin College
United States
14.9%
30
Middlebury College
United States
17.3%
46
Reed College
United States
36%
62
University of Rochester
United States
35.3%
78
University of Southern California
United States
17.8%
94
University of Georgia
United States
54.7%
110
Hampshire College
United States
71%
126
University of California, San Diego
United States
36.8%
142
Presbyterian College
United States
67%
158
Syracuse University
United States
49.5%
174
SUNY, Binghamton (Binghamton University)
United States
42.9%
190
Louisiana State University
United States
75.0%
15
Wesleyan University
United States
24%
31
Cornell University
United States
14%
47
Whitman College
United States
53%
63
Washington University in Saint Louis
United States
79
Brigham Young University
United States
49%
95
Denison University
United States
48%
111
Kalamazoo College
United States
69%
127
Case Western Reserve University
United States
54.3%
143
Drake University
United States
65.9%
159
Thomas Aquinas College
United States
79%
175
Wheaton College
United States
62%
191
Saint Louis University
United States
64.0%
16
Carleton College
United States
25.6%
32
Rice University
United States
14%
48
Lafayette College
United States
34%
64
Cooper Union
United States
8%
80
Occidental College
United States
39.4%
96
University of Richmond
United States
31%
112
Pepperdine University
United States
37%
128
University of Miami
United States
40.5%
144
University of California, Irvine
United States
35.4%
160
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
United States
49%
176
Miami University, Oxford
United States
66.7%
192
University of Iowa
United States
78.4%
1
Williams College
United States
17%
17
University of Notre Dame
United States
21.2%
33
Washington and Lee University
United States
18%
49
Smith College
United States
43%
65
Bryn Mawr College
United States
39.9%
81
Centre College
United States
71%
97
Mount Holyoke College
United States
47%
113
University of California, Davis
United States
41.3%
129
Virginia Military Institute
United States
46%
145
Ohio Wesleyan University
United States
73.6%
161
Westmont College
United States
61%
177
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
United States
61%
193
Ursinus College
United States
70%
2
Stanford University
United States
5.1%
18
Dartmouth College
United States
11.5%
34
United States Air Force Academy
United States
9.9%
50
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
United States
29%
66
Macalester College
United States
82
University of Maryland, College Park
United States
47%
98
Sewanee—University of the South
United States
61%
114
United States Coast Guard Academy
United States
16%
130
Willamette University
United States
41%
146
Clark University
United States
68%
162
Saint John's College (MD)
United States
81%
178
Hillsdale College
United States
194
College of the Ozarks
United States
9%
3
Swarthmore College
United States
17%
19
Northwestern University
United States
13%

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